Mastering Fundamentals of Skin Laceration Repair
This informative seminar will cover all options of skin laceration repair including sutures, tissue adhesives, staples, and skin closure tape. Students will be given ample practice time to master techniques and gain the confidence to perform procedures in a clinical or remote setting. For more detailed course information, please scroll down below schedule.
This class is taught by Jason Jarvis, a former U.S. Army Special Forces Medic with years of accumulated experience as an austere primary care practitioner in resource-poor areas such as Burma and Afghanistan. Based in Seattle, he is currently a traveling medical educator for various organizations across four continents, including the NATO Special Operations Combat Medic Course held in Germany. Besides surgical technique and austere medicine, Jason has a keen interest in tropical medicine, with a published article on malaria, and he will be running a malaria microscopy workshop at the 2019 SOMSA conference in North Carolina. When Jason happens to be in the Pacific Standard Time zone, he also teaches ACLS and ACLS renewal classes for CPR Seattle.
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Refunds and transfers are allowed if requests are received more than 7 days before the class start time. Only one transfer per registration will be permitted. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late to class will not receive a certificate of completion or be eligible for refund or transfer.
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Last updated on September 23, 2018.
Tuesday, Apr 23rd - $139
9:00am - 2:00pm
118 NE 45th Street, Seattle WA
Spots Available: 7
Wednesday, Jun 12th - $139
9:00am - 2:00pm
118 NE 45th Street, Seattle WA
Spots Available: 8
Specific suture techniques practiced include:
- Simple interrupted
- Horizontal mattress
- Vertical mattress
- Dead space closure
- Running continuous
- Running interlocking
- Skin flap closure.
While most of the suture practice will be performed using standard swaged needles, students will also practice using closed-eye needles and hypodermic needles as field-improvised techniques.
Other skills practiced include:
- Safely loading/unloading size #3 scalpel handles
- Proper scalpel holding techniques
- Proper needle driver holding techniques
- Working in and around a sterile field
- Suture removal
- Staple removal
Beyond the skills-based topics listed above, a theoretical presentation will be given on the following topics:
- When and when not to close wounds
- Needle selection
- Thread selection
- Scalpel blade selection
- Use of basic surgical instruments
- Sterile technique
- When to remove sutures
- Wound debridement and delayed primary closure
- Tetanus prophylaxis
- Antibiotic prophylaxis
- Signs of infection
- The pharmacology of local anesthetics
- Basic regional anesthesia
- Field sterilization of instruments
What students are saying:
"This was nothing short of a phenomenal experience. Jason has an excellent demeanor. Both the cadence and depth-of-knowledge of the curriculum is 'just right.' As a Captain / sailor, these are essential skills to have when offshore. I'll be recommending this course to both the US West Coast and British Columbia sailboat racing leagues as a supplement to the traditional multi-day 'Safety at Sea' courses which they require for longer multi-day races. I'll also be recommending it to my colleague network of fellow 'boat delivery Captains.' ... Thanks for such great course. ~JP